Saturday, October 25, 2008

valued

image by Frances Pelzman Liscio
image by Frances Pelzman Liscio

Rupert Ravens Contemporary opened yesterday with a group show entitled BOSON EXOTIC. This is a happening place -- 30,000 sq ft of space filled with art from NYC metro area.
This show marks my debut exhibiting work in clay. Entitled "Valued", the piece consists of 100 terra cotta casts of trash, glazed and gilded to mimic porcelain. One cast hangs on the wall, referencing value assumed when we view art on a wall. Eight feet away from the wall 99 casts are piled up on the floor referencing a trash heap. The work asks: What has value? When do we assign value and why? When is value lost? Viewing the pile of casts, familiar forms emerge of oft seen objects, packaging and discards such as egg cartons, carry-out containers, newspapers, candy trays and more. Discards all, they've become porcelain imitators, eye candy, not willing to go gently into the night.